Another superbly polished Moto Guzzi build, by master custom bike builder, extraordinaire, Craig Rodsmith. I’m not one for hyperbole – well actually I am but in this case, it’s justified.
MOTO GUZZI V9 CUSTOM BUILDER PROJECT
Back in August 2017, Moto Guzzi USA commissioned four custom bike workshops/builders, noted for their previous work with the ‘eagle marque’. The aim – to create four unique interpretations of its V9 Bobber/Roamer platform. This initiative was and is being undertaken, under the banner of the “2017 V9 Custom Builder Project“. Roadsmith Motorcycles, owned by Craig Rodsmith is one of the builders that was selected.
FIRST BUILD IN THE SERIES – V9 FAT TRACKER
You may have already seen a build from one of the four shops, approached for this series of commissions. That build was created by Hugo Eccles of Untitled Motorcycles, London & San Fransico. Eccles opted for a tracker style interpretation – creating the progressive, stripped-back Moto Guzzi V9 FAT Tracker (Not FLAT).
THE DUSTBIN RACER
Back to Rodsmith. He was approached by Moto Guzzi USA, following acclaim at the 2016 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show – which saw the reveal of the celebrated turbo-charged, full-aluminium fairing, Moto Guzzi (1969 AMBASSADOR), otherwise known as the ‘Dustbin Racer‘.
If you follow Craig Rodsmith on any of his social channels, aside from a sharp wit, you’ll have detected that his signature approach, is building all of his bikes by hand, using metalwork and fabrication expertise, that’s been honed over 40 years of wrenching.
This one should probably get me in a lot of trouble with the motorcycle building police,but as I’ve said before I’m from Australian convict stock so breaking the rules is my national duty! . . . #caferacersofinstagram #design #harleydavidson #ducati #builtnotbought #supporttheindependents #motorcyclesofinstagram #convict #kineo @handbuiltshow @doruk.erdem @skysthelimitdrone @makrshaker @bikeexif @bikehps
It would be a grand understatement to say; “he pays meticulous attention to detail on each and every build.” This polished Moto Guzzi V9 cafe racer dubbed ‘Retro Racer’ encapsulates that grand understatement vividly.
MOTO GUZZI V9 RETRO RACER
- ‘Dustbin Racer’ – Chris Corona of Revival Cycles
- ‘Fat Tracker’ – Erik Jutras
- ‘Retro Racer’ – Grant Schwingle